Invisalign treatment has given over three million people worldwide beautiful, straight smiles. Given its popularity, many people have heard of Invisalign and know that it is the clear alternative to braces. But how does Invisalign work? Your Williamsburg, VA dentist at Williamsburg Family Dentistry can help you understand this revolutionary orthodontic treatment.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear aligner trays worn in succession until treatment is completed. The process normally takes less than two years. The number of trays used usually varies from 10 to 30, depending on the patient and the severity of their treatment. Most patients switch their current tray for the next in the series every two weeks. Made from a special thermoplastic designed for Invisalign, the aligner trays are made to be comfortable. You may remove the trays to eat and brush, meaning no special diets or oral hygiene routines are necessary.
What happens during Invisalign Treatment?
Similar to traditional braces, the treatment uses controlled force placed on your teeth to move them into their desired positions. Small, tooth-colored bumps adhered to your teeth called attachments aid in the correct distribution of pressure and ensure pinpoint accuracy in moving your teeth. With each new tray, the force used to move the teeth shifts, allowing the teeth to move slowly and accurately throughout treatment.
Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
Specialists recommend Invisalign for teens and adults to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. Orthodontic treatment is not suitable for children under 12 as their teeth are still growing. Invisalign is suitable for most orthodontic treatments but more aggressive treatment, like traditional braces may be required in some cases. Additionally, good candidates for Invisalign have great at-home oral hygiene routines. It is crucial to treatment to keep your teeth and aligner trays clean and healthy.
For more information on the Invisalign treatment, please contact Dr. Ricky J. Rubin, D.M.D., M.P.A. and Dr. Brett C. Dunnill, D.D.S. at Williamsburg Family Dental in Williamsburg, VA. Call 757-345-5500 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!